In this episode, Joe chats with Janett Liriano, the Co-Founder & CEO of Inaru, a vertically-integrated cacao brand based in the Dominican Republic. At Inaru, Janett uses her expertise in supply chain and manufacturing to create a new, empathetic model of doing business in the cacao industry. Janett talks about her entrepreneurial journey and how Inaru is disrupting the cocoa industry.
About Janett Liriano: Janett is CEO and Co-Founder of Inaru. Janett is an entrepreneur and business leader focused on synergy in art, design, ethical agriculture & technology.
Her career started in New York where she was born and raised and where she studied theatrical scenic, lighting, and sound design. Her formal audio engineering training went on to help her create medical robot simulations at the AUC School of Medicine.
Her work in technology and theater combined with her love of systems and overall hustle prepared her to join the leadership team of a studio focused on the intersection of fashion and tech. Janett became CEO of Loomia, a smart fabric company. She drove technology and patent development, creating over 1M in revenue her first year.
As the first employee and Chief of Staff at Cambrian Biopharma, a NYC based drug development company she grew the team from 1 to over 20, and set the organizational foundation for a 600M IPO of a portfolio company alongside a 60M fundraise for the business.
Now, as the co-founder and CEO of Inaru, she uses much of her expertise in supply chain and manufacturing to create a new, empathetic model of doing business in the cacao industry. Inaru is a movement in modern ethical agriculture, founded in the Dominican Republic, that connects consumers with premium cacao products that stand for accessible luxury.
She is a Founding Member of United Nations Decade of Women Initiative, a “Forbes 30 under 30 for Manufacturing and Industry in 2019, one of less than 100 women of color to raise over 1M in venture funding and fluent in Spanish.